Therapists pay tribute to New Cross ‘champion

The British Association of Dental Therapists recently paid tribute to Ted Seal, the former director of the New Cross School for Dental Therapists from 1976 until it closed, who died last month.

The funeral was held last Monday (24 June) Eltham Crematorium in south east London.

A spokesperson said: ‘Ted Seal was a massive supporter of dental therapists to the end and was instrumental in the continuation of dental therapists in the 1980s, despite opposition from the government and the British Dental Association at the time. He will be sadly missed by the profession.

‘He was a true champion of dental therapists right to the very end and kept in touch with many of his ‘old girls’. As a profession, we have much to thank Ted Seal for.

‘In the 1980s, the government and other bodies campaigned for the closure of the New Cross School and for the cessation of training of dental therapists. Ted Seal was one who fought the long and hard battle for the contintuation of training – New Cross was closed but the London & Bart’s hospital began training dental therapists – and here we are today!

‘Our profession is richer for his input and support and he will be missed.’

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